Is It Safe to Drink ‘Proffee’ to Jump-Start Your Day or Workout?

Q: Is it true that mixing protein powder into your coffee (or coffee into a protein drink) is beneficial to your health? Is “coffee” a dubious TikTok trend to steer clear of?
A: There’s a lot to admire about this pairing, and it’s not just because of the taste. If done correctly, this protein-rich beverage can help you reduce some sugary goop from your diet while simultaneously increasing your protein intake.

Let’s start with a definition of proffee, a mash-up word for “protein coffee” that has been circulating on TikTok but has yet to be accepted by Merriam-Webster editors.

So, what exactly is protein coffee?
Given the components, coffee is precisely what it sounds like. It’s a cup of boosted coffee produced by blending coffee with either protein powder or a protein shake bottle.

It’s as easy as it sounds to make this combination, and there are two ways to go about it. Some people choose to mix protein powder with iced coffee. (Unless it’s collagen powder, the powder may clump in hot coffee.) Others combine coffee and a pre-made protein shake.

The powder option produces a drink that resembles a standard cup of coffee. Meanwhile, the shaking option can produce a stunning blend of light and dark swirls.

Now for the fun stuff: the possible health advantages of each coffee component.

Coffee’s health benefits
Coffee has a lot of benefits, at least when drank in moderation. It’s high in antioxidants (which help protect your body’s cells from damage) as well as minerals like B vitamins, potassium, and riboflavin.

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